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Reading like a writer – Reading prose

Recently I ran a couple of workshops on the art of close reading, so for those of you who were unable to attend (and for those who did attend but would like a refresher) I’ve put together a two-part blog, looking first at an extract from a novel and then at a poem.

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Unmasking the everyday: part two 

Unmasking the everyday explored some of the critical questions thrown up by mass isolation and its impacts on time, space and ‘the everyday’. The following is slightly more practical in nature, offering just a few thoughts on how you might go about using the opportunities of the moment to open up how you go about your creative activities at a time when everything seems be closing down. 

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Unmasking the everyday: part one

Queues outside supermarkets have become strange symbols of this, epitomising how one of life’s most everyday activities has come to feel risky and dangerous. The usually unnoticed has become unsettlingly conspicuous. 

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Edge-zine issue 9: Inside

From Vicky Mackenzie’s ‘Tutors thoughts’ through Steve Cusson’s work ‘Prison Cinema’ and onto Therese Livonne and her self portrait the 9th edition of Edge-zine is packed with thought provoking work and articles from across the Open College of the Arts range of disciplines.

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Throwback Thursday: Your views

In 2014 OCA students contributed to a collaborative film project by artist Gillian Wearing called Your Views. You can watch the result below. With the world in lock down it seems fitting to share the views from our window once again.

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Earth day 22 April 2020

Today is Earth Day and I am considering how my photographic art practice needs to reflect my increased understanding of Climate Breakdown. This predicted environmental crisis has come into even sharper focus as we witness the global effect of COVID19. I share my reflections and wonder if others are having similar considerations?

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Virtual study event: Writing the future

We’re living through increasingly strange times, and artists have an important role to play in articulating what is happening in the world. In this workshop we’ll consider how we can use our art to think and write about the future.

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Group work review: Fine Art

I want to give a big ‘thank-you’ to Caroline, Helen and Dan for their dedication in developing our skills within the Fine Art framework. At these times of increasing social distancing and isolation these sessions will be a huge motivator, and I would encourage all students on the Fine Art Pathway to join us. 

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Virtual study event: Politics of portraiture

Join OCA tutor Arpita Shah on 17 April for an insight into the ethics and politics of portraiture and community collaboration.

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Age of the image

It’s important for all art students to explore and understand the potency of images. A good deal of that rests on understanding the way that image-making has changed and been changed, by whom, and to what purpose. It’s a complex subject with technology, psychology, politics, science, and artistic vision all playing their part.

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